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Sankt Pölten
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A view of Sankt Pölten in 2005
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Location of St. Pölten within Lower Austria
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Sankt Pölten
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Sankt Pölten
Sankt Pölten (Austria)
Coordinates: 48°12′00″N15°37′00″E / 48.20000°N 15.61667°E / 48.20000; 15.61667 Coordinates: 48°12′00″N15°37′00″E / 48.20000°N 15.61667°E / 48.20000; 15.61667
Country Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
State Lower Austria
District Statutory city
Government
   Mayor Matthias Stadler (SPÖ)
Area
[1]
  Total108.44 km2 (41.87 sq mi)
Elevation
267 m (876 ft)
Population
 (2018-01-01) [2]
  Total54,649
  Density500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
3100, 3104, 3105, 3106, 3107, 3108, 3140, 3151, 3385
Area code 02742
Vehicle registration P
Website www.st-poelten.gv.at

Sankt Pölten (German pronunciation: [zaŋkt ˈpœltn̩] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen )), mostly abbreviated to the official name St. Pölten, [3] is the capital and largest city of the State of Lower Austria in northeast Austria, with 52,716 inhabitants as of 1 January 2015. St Pölten is a city with its own statute (or Statutarstadt ) and therefore it is both a municipality and a district in the Mostviertel .

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Geography

The city lies on the Traisen river and is located north of the Alps and south of the Wachau. It is part of the Mostviertel, the southwest region of Lower Austria.

Transport

The city's main railway station, St. Pölten Hauptbahnhof, is located directly on the West railway of the ÖBB and is also the terminus of the Leobersdorfer Railway, the Mariazellerbahn, the regional railway to Tulln and the regional railway to Krems. It is at the intersection of the Western Motorway A1 and the Kremser Speedway S33, and is traversed by the Vienna Road B1. St Pölten is a junction of the Wieselbus bus lines, which provides radial connections between the capital and the different regions of Lower Austria.

In the city

Between 1911 and 1976, a tramline operated in St Pölten. Today, a network of eleven bus lines operates at regular intervals within the city. Every summer, a free tourist train in the city centre connects the ancient parts of the city with the government district.

Climate

St Pölten is divided into the following subdistricts: Altmannsdorf, Dörfl at Ochsenburg, Eggendorf, Ganzendorf, Hafing, Harland, Hart, Kreisberg, Matzersdorf, Mühlgang, Nadelbach, Oberradlberg, Oberwagram, Oberzwischenbrunn, Ochsenburg, Pengersdorf, Pottenbrunn, Pummersdorf, Ragelsdorf, Ratzersdorf at the Traisen, Reitzersdorf, Schwadorf, Spratzern, St Georgen on the Steinfelde, St Pölten, Stattersdorf, Steinfeld, Teufelhof, Unterradlberg, Unterwagram, Unterzwischenbrunn, Viehofen, Völtendorf, Waitzendorf, Wasserburg, Weitern, Wetzersdorf, Windpassing, Witzendorf, Wolfenberg, Wörth and Zwerndorf.

Climate data for Sankt Pölten (1981–2010)
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °C (°F)17.9
(64.2)
19.2
(66.6)
24.3
(75.7)
28.1
(82.6)
31.8
(89.2)
34.9
(94.8)
37.0
(98.6)
37.5
(99.5)
30.5
(86.9)
27.8
(82.0)
23.4
(74.1)
14.7
(58.5)
37.5
(99.5)
Average high °C (°F)1.9
(35.4)
4.1
(39.4)
9.5
(49.1)
15.5
(59.9)
20.6
(69.1)
23.3
(73.9)
25.8
(78.4)
25.3
(77.5)
20.1
(68.2)
14.2
(57.6)
7.1
(44.8)
2.6
(36.7)
14.2
(57.6)
Daily mean °C (°F)−0.8
(30.6)
0.5
(32.9)
4.8
(40.6)
9.8
(49.6)
14.9
(58.8)
17.8
(64.0)
19.8
(67.6)
19.3
(66.7)
14.6
(58.3)
9.5
(49.1)
4.0
(39.2)
0.1
(32.2)
9.5
(49.1)
Average low °C (°F)−3.1
(26.4)
−2.3
(27.9)
1.2
(34.2)
5.0
(41.0)
9.8
(49.6)
12.9
(55.2)
14.7
(58.5)
14.5
(58.1)
10.8
(51.4)
6.4
(43.5)
1.9
(35.4)
−1.9
(28.6)
5.8
(42.4)
Record low °C (°F)−22.1
(−7.8)
−20.7
(−5.3)
−23.1
(−9.6)
−4.3
(24.3)
0.6
(33.1)
2.9
(37.2)
6.8
(44.2)
7.1
(44.8)
1.9
(35.4)
−6.9
(19.6)
−13.4
(7.9)
−20.0
(−4.0)
−23.1
(−9.6)
Average precipitation mm (inches)29
(1.1)
28
(1.1)
48
(1.9)
45
(1.8)
79
(3.1)
93
(3.7)
93
(3.7)
94
(3.7)
67
(2.6)
41
(1.6)
41
(1.6)
37
(1.5)
696
(27.4)
Average snowfall cm (inches)16
(6.3)
17
(6.7)
8
(3.1)
2
(0.8)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
6
(2.4)
14
(5.5)
64
(25)
Average relative humidity (%) (at 14:00)76.968.859.552.051.754.752.952.758.065.576.680.562.5
Mean monthly sunshine hours 598913718823122825024117312661461,829
Percent possible sunshine 24.534.740.749.552.751.455.358.049.041.624.320.541.8
Source: Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

History

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The baroque cathedral

The oldest part of the city is built on the site of the ancient Roman city of Aelium Cetium that existed between the 2nd and the 4th century. In the year 799, it was called Treisma. St Pölten did not become a town until 1050 and officially became a city in 1169. Until 1494 St Pölten was part of the diocese of Passau, and then became the property of the state. A Benedictine monastery was founded in 771. In 1081 it hosted the Augustinian Chorherren and in 1784 their Kollegiatsstift closed. Since 1785, this building has hosted the cathedral of St Pölten. The city replaced Vienna as the capital of Lower Austria with a resolution by the Lower Austrian parliament on 10 July 1986. The Lower Austrian government has been hosted in St Pölten since 1997.

The name St Pölten is derived from Hippolytus of Rome. The city was renamed to Sankt Hippolyt, then St Polyt and finally St Pölten.

Politics

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Municipal council and City's senate

Municipal council

The municipal council consists of 42 members and since the municipal elections in 2016 it consists of the following parties:

City's senate

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The town hall

The city's senate consists of 11 members:

Mayor

On 9 July 2004 the municipal council elected the former senator for culture Mag. Matthias Stadler (SPÖ) as the new mayor of St Pölten. The first vice mayor is Susanne Kysela (SPÖ); the second vice mayor is Johannes Sassmann (ÖVP).

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The City's Seal

Coat of arms, colours and seals

The arms' blazon is silver and azure; on the right a fess gules, on the left a wolf rampant silver langued gules and armed Or.

The colours of the city are red and yellow. The seal of the city contains its coat of arms surrounded by the text Landeshauptstadt St. Pölten. The administration's seal of the magistrate also contains the city's coat of arms with the text Magistrat der Stadt St. Pölten.

Economy

As of 15 May 2001, 40,041 people worked in 2,711 companies in the city. 23 of those companies are large-scale enterprises with more than 200 employees each.

Media

Several media companies are based in St Pölten. These are "@cetera", a literary-cultural magazine; "City-Flyer", an online magazine describing the cultural offerings of the city, which is published on paper monthly; "Campus Radio", a radio station from the University of Applied Sciences; "HiT FM", a radio station broadcasting in Lower Austria; "LetHereBeRock", an online youth magazine about the alternative rock scene; NÖN , a Lower Austrian newspaper; the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation for Lower Austria; and the local television channel "P3tv".

Large-scale Enterprises

The largest companies based in St Pölten are the furniture producer Leiner, the paper manufacturer Salzer, and the family owned engineering conglomerate Voith.

Public facilities

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Population trend

Educational facilities

Leisure and sports sites

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Aerial photo

Swimming is available at Aquacity (indoor swimming pool), the St. Pölten outdoor swimming pool and Ratzersdorf Lake (a bathing pond where a nudist beach, beach volleyball, and miniature golf) are available. For fitness training there is the City-Treff - Pueblo, the Lifeline, the Reebok and the Seepark. In addition, the city has:

St Pölten hosts a primary base of the Lower Austrian state sports school.

Tennis

Every year in the third week of May the ATP tournament takes place in St Pölten. There are multiple local tennis stadiums, including the Arena im Aufeld, the tennis centre Allround, the tennis courts by the local ice sport association 1872, the courts in St. Georgen, the courts at the Ratzersdorfer Pond, the courts in the Lower Austrian state sports school and the courts of the leisure park Megafun.

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

St Pölten is twinned with the following cities:

Culture and objects of interest

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Sankt Pölten Cathedral
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State administrative building
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Theatre
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State Museum
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Klangturm
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State Library

Theatres

Museums

Others

Regular events

Notable people

Literature

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